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Adorable Cottage on West Village Rooftop is Now in a Legal Battle With the City

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Adorable Cottage on West Village Rooftop is Now in a Legal Battle With the City

A full on country cottage with a cabin and meadow currently sits on one West Village rooftop—at least for now.

The Department of Buildings asked the owner to take it down but owner David Puchkoff is suing, claiming he acquired all the proper permits for its construction in 2003.

This all began after an anonymous complaint brought inspector’s to the property last year. At that time Puchkoff was fined $1,200 under the claims that his certificate of occupancy did not allow for the cabin nor surrounding garden, and he would have to apply for a new certificate of occupancy.

West Village Rooftop

According to a report by the NY Post, Puchkoff was inspired to create this lovely cottage haven after visiting a friend’s lakefront home in Elk Lake, Pennsylvania.

The cabin at 719 Greenwich Street has a wooden porch, a swing, and an outdoor shower. It’s been featured in the New York Times as well as National Geographic. 

The suit is still currently under review.

Featured image source: Photo by George Steinmetz via Gothamist